Here are the latest medication supply issues we are aware of. Last updated: 4 December 2023.
Please make sure you have ordered your Parkinson's medicines in plenty of time, as pharmacies may be closed over the festive period.
This article from The Parkinson shares how you can get an emergency supply of medication, should you run out.
Pharmaceutical companies have shared with us that they’re facing supply problems with the following Parkinson’s medications:
- Carbidopa/levodopa 25mg/100mg controlled release tablets x 60 will experience supply problems until early December 2023.
- Carbidopa/entacapone/levodopa 31.25mg/200mg/125mg tablets x 30 will experience supply issues until the end of February 2024.
- Carbidopa/entacapone/levodopa 37.5mg/200mg/150mg tablets x 30 will experience supply issues until the end of February 2024.
- Pramipexole 2.10mg prolonged release tablets x 30 will face supply problems until mid-December 2023.
- Rasagiline 1mg tablets x 28 will face supply problems until April 2024.
- Ropinirole 0.25mg, 0.5mg and 2.0mg tablets will face supply problems until late 2024.
Will this affect me?
If you take the products listed above, your pharmacist may be unable to give you your prescription.
However, there may be alternative medicines available, which your GP or pharmacist should be able to discuss and prescribe for you.
GPs and pharmacists can seek advice from their NHS pharmacy procurement specialist or the Specialist Pharmacy Service.
Keeping you informed
We will share updates as we receive them from pharmaceutical companies about any supply issues and action they're taking to ensure their products are available for people with Parkinson's.
Our specialist adviser team and helpline (0808 800 0303) can provide information about any aspect of living with Parkinson's, including help with accessing health services, medications or benefits.
Please note that nurses on our helpline are not able to change medications, doses or timings over the phone.